Terry’s richly-textured beadwork reflects a lifetime fascination with color and design. Some pieces pulse with rhythmic vibrancy, like tightly-figured snakeskins. Some faceted floral designs are like finely-crafted vintage jewelry. Still others are innocently playful, with embroidery-like motifs of kittens and puppies.
The similarity to stitch work is no accident. Terry began her artistic journey with a quilting class in 1981. Before long, she was winning blue ribbons for her quilts in the Yamhill and Clackamas County Fairs! In the 1990’s, she poured her energy into scrapbooking. “They became my little quilt pages,” she tells us. Friends introduced her to beading in 2007, “and I was hooked” she adds. “Beads all line up in a row one way or another like quilts and scrapbook pages. I love the colors and textures I can make with them.”
Beadwork is a true labor of love for this patient artist. When she travels, she may take up to 15 pounds of beads with her! “It usually takes me a minimum of 4 hours to do a bracelet if it’s something I’ve done before. It can take 8 hours or longer for something new. Some of the spiral necklaces can take up to 18 hours,” she explains.
Terry’s beading studio is small – a converted walk-in closet – but her wonderful jewelry has a wide reach! Both TRAG and Grapevine Galleries in Oregon City carry her work, and she participates in local art shows throughout the year. She’s glad to show, share and sell her jewelry. As her business name says, it’s “Terry’s Jewelry for You” and you can reach her at email@example.com.